IT R&D Bodies To Be Merged By April

Thiruvananthapuram: | Updated: Jan 22 2003, 05:30am hrs
The merger of countrys all advanced R&D bodies in IT - ER&DC (Electronic Research and Development Centre of India), NCST (National Centre for Software Technology), CEDT (Centre for Electronic Design and Technology) and C-DAC (Centre of Development of Advanced Computing) - will be complete in two to three months, according to C-Dac executive director RK Arora. The new entity, C-DAC India, will come to existence from April 1, Mr Arora added.

To cut down overlapping functions and to ensure synergy, the union ministry for information technology had decided in December to merge the scattered advanced IT research bodies with C-DAC India. Thus the three centres of ER&DC, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkatta and Noida and NCST, CEDT, Mohali (Chandigarh) and C-DAC, Poona will come under the C-DAC umbrella, he said. The various functions will thus be synchronised by C-DAC. For instance, ER&DC goes for product development in control and instrumentation, networking, broadcase and communications, power electronics, ASIC design, and underwater electronics and training programmes in high-end software platforms. Some of these are now done by the other centres also. After April, such overlapping will stop, he said.

Mr Arora was addressing mediapersons after commissioning a multiprise mainframe computing facility, supported by Linux operating system, at the ER&DC, Thiruvananthapur-am.

The new facility, will effect about 40 per cent cost saving in operations, ER&DC director Neelakantan said.